‘In the Spotlight’ features bring together collections of published papers on topics of interest and importance to the veterinary professions.
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COVID-19 and animals
COVID-19 is a disease of people with the virus being spread through direct (human to human) or indirect (human to surface to human) contact, there have been a small number of cases reported of the virus being isolated from companion animals. To date, all cases of animals being infected can be traced to experimental exposure or contact with an affected human.
Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations continue to agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that, under natural conditions, pets spread COVID-19 to people.
However, while there is currently no evidence of pets being implicated in the spread of the disease, it is possible that they could become contaminated if in contact with a COVID-19 infected person, presenting as a potential fomite risk. As such, it is important that when handling pets that are not one’s own that appropriate precautions are taken.